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Residents are frustrated over new student housing

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Some Hartford residents said they are concerned about a proposed project that would not only impact the character of their neighborhood but affect their property values.

The project will help UConn law students in Hartford have another place to stay, but neighbors said it’s at their expense.

“We have a lot of folks with children in the area who walk their kids to the magnet school,” said neighbor Frank Ruffalo.

Some neighbors in the west end of Hartford said if a new development is approved, it could negatively impact their community.

“It will be much more transient in terms of people coming to live here, maybe a year or two or three at the most,” said neighbor Ted Cannon.

The Hartford College for Women project calls for turning some buildings into one big building that would house over 200 UConn law students.

“Surface parking on the property would increase dramatically. They want to include 250 parking spaces,” Cannon said.

Recently, neighbors said the area’s zoning laws were changed to allow the facility to be built.

“My concern is that it's going to deteriorate the value of the houses in the neighborhood. It's certainly not going to lower our taxes,” Cannon said.

Neighbors also said that at a time when the city is cash-strapped, giving the developers several years of free taxes is wrong.

However, the developer said the city would benefit, and $350,000 would be generated in taxes for the city.

While the developer has had several meetings with neighbors, some of them have already started a petition to stop development.

“I would like to see something like the Goodwin Estates or single family homes on the property,” Ruffalo said.

The West End Civic Association still has to sign off on the project. If it happens, the building could open in July of 2018.

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